Ryan Gosling Reveals His Favorite Action Movie Star

Ryan Gosling reveals who was his favorite action movie star growing up, crediting the actor as a great performer with amazing characters.

The Gray Man star Ryan Gosling says that his favorite action movie star growing up was Sylvester Stallone. Having created both the rocky and Rambo franchises, Stallone has been a staple of Hollywood ever since, starring in multiple action films throughout his long career. Stallone was at the top of the action genre throughout the 80s and 90s, starring in movies like Cobra, Over The Top, Tango & Cash, Demolition Man, and cliff hangeras well as multiple sequels to rocky and Rambo. The prolific writer, director and actor revived the genre he helped create with 2010’s The Expendableswhich has two sequels already with the Expendables 4 by the way.


Gosling has taken a more indie film route with his career, making a name for himself early on in projects like The Notebook, Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, and Crazy Stupid Love. However, the actor began to experiment with more action-oriented fare with films like the critically-acclaimed Drive, Gangster Squad, The Nice Guys, and Blade Runner 2049. He takes his biggest leap yet into the genre with the Russo Brothers-directed The Gray Man, a $200 million action flick that debuts on Netflix on July 22nd.

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Talking to MTV News, Gosling was asked who his favorite action star growing up was, which he says was none other than Stallone. After briefly discussing Jean-Claude Van Damme’s blood sport as his first theatrical movie as a kid, the actor switched gears when poised with his favorite, saying that Stallone wasn’t just a good action star, but a good actor as well. Gosling even reflects back, saying he misses the bygone days of Stallone at the top of the movie charts. Read his full comment below:

“I think, look, Stallone. Stallone. He’s such a good actor. So you got action, but you’ve got these, like, amazing characters at the center of it. It was just like, it was a beautiful marriage. I miss those days.”

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gosling saying huh “miss[es] those days” is understandable, as Stallone hit a slump in the early 2000s. However, the actor has since bounced back with a diverse batch of projects, including sequels to Rambo and appearances in the rocky spin-off franchise, Creed. The actor also appeared in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and voiced King Shark in The Suicide Squad. He’ll next be seen in The Expendables 4, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Prime Videos Samaritanand his first TV role ever with Taylor Sheridan’s Tulsa King. The actor has moved away from the Rocky/Creed franchise, but has recently started pushing to get some of his rights back for rockysaying he has none of them even after creating the character and starring in/directing multiple sequels.

It’s always interesting to hear what influenced actors early on, as it’s frequently similar to what influenced other fans growing up. Stallone was the king of the box office alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme throughout the 80s and 90s, long before superheroes ruled supreme over it. Given that, it’s fun to hear Gosling name drop the actor without hesitation as his action guy of the era. With Gosling jumping back into the genre itself with Netflix’s The Gray Manthere may well be potential down the line for a Gosling/Stallone team-up, which would be a great turn of events given this revelation.

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Source: MTV News

  • The Gray Man (2022)Release date: Jul 15, 2022

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